Everything You Need to Know About Colour Lens: A Beginner’s Guide - 2

How to clean your coloured lenses?

It’s vital to clean and take care of your lenses to avert the risk of eye infections. Follow these tips to keep your eye contacts clean.

  • Rub your lens gently with a few drops of solution for about 20 seconds.
  • While storing, place them carefully in your contact lens case. Ensure the case is clean and filled with fresh solution.
  • Check the instructions on your solution and follow them.
  • Don’t use tap water to clean your lenses as this can lead to eye infections.

Are colour lenses safe?

Yes, just like regular contact lenses, coloured contact lenses are safe as long as they are properly prescribed, used and cared for. Do visit your eye care professional (optical shop) for a proper contact lens fitting to ensure your coloured contacts are safe and comfortable and look natural on your eye.

Also, ensure to follow your eye care practitioner's instructions, particularly regarding how long you can wear your contacts and when you should replace them.

In case you wear coloured contacts only on special occasions, daily disposable contact lenses are recommended.

Which colour lenses will suit me?

You will find coloured lenses come in a variety of colours. So if you are planning to buy coloured contact lenses, you might be wondering which colour will suit you.

The contact lens colour that will suit you best depends on many factors. It can be your hair colour, skin tone, and the kind of look you want to achieve-subtle and natural-looking or dramatic and daring.

Here are some tips to help you choose the colour lens that will best suit you.

  • Colour lens for light eyes

Do you wish to change your appearance but in a more subtle way? You may want to pick an enhancement tint that defines your iris’ edges and deepens your natural colour.

To experiment with a different eye colour while still looking natural, you might choose a grey color lens or green contacts, if your natural eye colour is blue.

To get a dramatic new look that catches attention, those with naturally light-coloured eyes and a cool complexion might choose a warm-toned contact lens such as light brown color lens.

  • Colour lens for dark eyes

Those with dark eyes can go for opaque coloured tints. For a subtle, natural-looking change, try a lighter honey brown or hazel coloured lens.

But if you intend to create a dramatic look, opt for contact lenses in vivid colours, such as green, violet or blue color lens.

If you have dark skin, bright-coloured lenses can create an eye-catching look.

  • Colour lens for warm skin tones

People with warm skin tones (yellow or gold undertones) and yellow-blond or golden brown hair colour can opt for light brown, honey, hazel and green coloured lenses.

  • Colour lens for cool skin tones

People with cool skin tones (blue undertones) and strawberry blond, blue-black or salt-and-pepper hair colour can go for cool eye colours such as ice blue, violet or plum.

Remember to assess how natural the lenses look on your eyes when choosing your colour lens. It will ensure that you the most natural and the lenses will be essentially invisible to others.

For how long should I wear my contact lenses?

  • If you are using a "daily wear" (DW) contact lens, you can wear it for one day and remove it before sleeping.
  • When you use an "extended wear" (EW) contact lens, you can wear it overnight wear, typically for up to 6 consecutive nights. EW contact lenses can be worn overnight because of their high oxygen permeability.

When should I replace my contact lenses?

  • If you wear single-use lenses, called 1-day or daily disposables, they are meant to be discarded after one use. These lenses are made thinner and lighter, providing more comfort. It is a great option if you have ocular allergiesand is prone to infection.